Ryan Gosling has an­other killer look

That slick top­coat in Blade Run­ner 2049? Fur­ther ev­i­dence that the ac­tor is al­ler­gic to bad clothes.

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

Much as we may talk about run­way trends, noth­ing shapes the Amer­i­can man’s style psy­che like the big screen. (See: Amer­i­can Gigolo and Amer­i­can Psy­cho, for starters.) So when the first trail­ers for Blade Run­ner 2049 hit last year, we were psy­ched to see the new repli­cants and the old Deckard, but we re­played the clips for an­other look at Ryan Gosling’s coat. Slick, fur-lined and knee-length, it’s a Western-mil­i­tary mashup, the kind of trade­mark outerwear that can de­fine a char­ac­ter. We hit re­play a few more times, then got on the phone with the movie’s cos­tume de­signer, Renée April.

“It’s the same world, but it’s worse. It’s dirty, it’s slushy, it’s not a nice place to be,” April says of the new film, out in Oc­to­ber and set about 30 years af­ter the orig­i­nal. Gosling’s coat was partly in­spired by Deckard’s 1982 trench, up­dated for the el­e­ments, so the heavy-duty duster is made of cot­ton, treated with a wa­ter­proof coat­ing, and painted a grey­ish green. In­stead of zip­pers or but­tons, the jacket has a con­cealed mag­netic clo­sure—which makes for a clean, fu­tur­is­tic look—and the col­lar pops up to form a makeshift mask. (April says this is a nod to pol­lu­tion, but also ad­mits she did it be­cause “it looks cool.”) Fi­nally, the Gos added his own touch. “He wanted the fur col­lar,” April says. “That wasn’t there in the be­gin­ning.”

The coat’s already sparked plenty of knock­offs around the Web, but guys who want the gen­uine ar­ti­cle shouldn’t give up hope: the crew made about 15 jack­ets for the film, to ac­count for stunt dou­bles and in­evitable damage.

“I don’t want to tell you the whole thing, but by the end, it’s full of holes and blood,” April says. We hear that adds char­ac­ter.

Gosling mod­els the last word in apoc­a­lyp­tic outerwear.

Words by Jon Roth

Renée April’s sketches il­lus­trate the high col­lar.

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